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    September 7 to 15 Tony and Jo will visit us from the UK

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

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    July 1  Saw “Napoli, Brooklyn” by Meghan Kennedy at the Laura Pels Theatre. It is based upon a real-life disaster, the surprise staging of which, is mind shattering! However, the story line has a surfeit of themes added; religious brain-washing, the effect of a bullying husband and father and lesbian freedom. None of these is fully convincing in spite of the excellent acting of the cast.

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Frogs

In between hospital visits, I wandered over to the Natural History Museum to look at the Frog exhibition–A timely exhibit because, what with gourmets consuming their legs at an unsustainable rate and the destruction of their habitats, frogs are a fast diminishing organism.

For the most part the frogs, free to hop and skip in authentic-looking miniature habitats,  are tiny, fluorescently coloured and bizarrely patterned–this kind is also deadly. Forrest hunters used to dip the tips of their darts in the poison taken from the frog’s skin so as to ensure a kill wherever the prey was hit. They were very careful to cook the meat well before eating it, though!

But not all. There are displayed some big ugly ones as well.

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The newly-cleaned façade of the AMNH

Frogs come in all kinds of shapes and sizes

Frogs come in all kinds of shapes and sizes

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